Daily Devotional Library

Four Takes on Jesus’ Final Week

April 1, 2020

Jesus' Priorities

Mark 1:35-45
A man with leprosy . . . begged him . . . , “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” . . . “I am willing,” [Jesus] said.

April 2, 2020

The Farmer

Mark 4:26-29
“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.”

April 3, 2020

The Messiah

Mark 8:22-30
“Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” . . . Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

April 4, 2020

Greater Than Moses and Elijah

Mark 9:1-13
And there . . . before them Elijah and Moses . . . were talking with Jesus. . . . And a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

April 5, 2020

The King

Mark 11:1-11
“Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

April 6, 2020

Now's Your Opportunity

Mark 11:12-25
[Jesus] said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” . . . Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

April 7, 2020

What Belongs to God?

Mark 12:13-17
“Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

April 8, 2020

Anointed

Mark 14:1-11
“She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.”

April 9, 2020

God's Battle

Mark 14:32-52
“Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?”

April 10, 2020

More Than a Hero

Mark 15:1-20
Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. . . . Then they led him out to crucify him.

April 11, 2020

Catch the Spirit

Mark 15:33-39
When the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

April 12, 2020

Jesus at Large

Mark 15:40-16:8
“You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.” . . . They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

April 13, 2020

Trust

Mark 16:9-20
[Jesus] rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

April 14, 2020

The Lord

Luke 19:28-48
[They] began joyfully to praise God in loud voices . . . “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

April 15, 2020

Hard to Hide

Luke 22:54-62
Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

April 16, 2020

Unexpected Responses

Luke 23:44-49
The centurion . . . praised God. . . . The people . . . beat their breasts. . . . Those who knew him . . . stood at a distance, watching these things.

April 17, 2020

He Has Risen

Luke 24:1-12
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you. . . .”

April 18, 2020

A Mystery

John 12:12-19
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”

April 19, 2020

The Master

John 13:1-17
“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

April 20, 2020

Keeping Commands

John 14:15-31
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you. . . .”

April 21, 2020

New Relationships

John 19:25-27
Jesus . . . said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother."

April 22, 2020

The Fulfillment

John 19:28-37
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

April 23, 2020

Frantically Searching

John 20:1-18
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

April 24, 2020

Blessed Belief

John 20:24-31
Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

April 25, 2020

The Prophet

Matthew 21:1-11
“Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

April 26, 2020

Well Done

Matthew 25:14-30
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”

April 27, 2020

Forgiven, We Set the Table

Matthew 26:17-30
“Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

April 28, 2020

Earth-Shaking Forgiveness

Matthew 27:45-56
The curtain of the temple was torn in two. . . . The earth shook . . . and the tombs broke open. . . . People who had died were raised to life . . . and went into the holy city.

April 29, 2020

A Sight for Sore Eyes

Matthew 28:1-10
Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

April 30, 2020

Spread the Story

Matthew 28:16-20
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

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